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October 2017

Kimberly Simms

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Eclectic Cafe and Vinyl, 132 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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Free

Ron Rash, award-winning author of Serena, says about Kimberly Simms: "she writes with eloquence and empathy about an important part of Southern history - too often neglected." Kimberly's literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling, informed by her British and Southern lineage. She is an award-winning poet who entertains and educates with poetry that is both poignant and inspiring. In her debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, Kimberly chronicles the lives of textile…

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Youth workshop: poetry and play

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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Students will play at the museum for a half an hour and then write poems about their experience. Poems will be displayed at the museum at a later date. Led by Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker. Space is limited. To register, Email Starr Jordan at starr@explorecml.org

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Poetry Society of South Carolina

October 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Road
Charleston, SC 29407 United States
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Free

Featuring Ann Herlong-Bodman, Dennis Ward Stiles and Maria Martin. Ann Herlong-Bodman is the author of the chapbook Pulled Out of Sleep, and her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including Atlanta Review, The Cortland Review, and The South Carolina Review. After receiving degrees from Columbia College and the University of South Carolina, she taught at the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications and at Lander University. When the Berlin Wall came down, she taught in East Europe…

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Youth poetry open mic!

October 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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An open mic poetry event for elementary, middle and high school students! Email bowlink@ccpl.org to register yourself or your student. Space is limited. Hosted by Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker.

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Emma Bolden, hosted by the Poetry Society of South Carolina

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29401 United States
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Emma Bolden is the author of medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press, 2016) and Maleficae (GenPop Books, 2013). Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry and The Best Small Fictions. She received a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship from the NEA and serves as Senior Reviews Editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

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Typewriter Poetry

October 14 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Marion Square, 329 Meeting St
Charleston, 29403 United States
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$5

Poets will be on hand with typewriters to write an original poem for whoever wants one. Featuring Matt Foley and Derek Berry of The Unspoken Word.

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Blank Page Poetry

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pure Theatre, 477 King Street
Charleston, 29403 United States
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$11

TICKETS ON SALE SOON! This original and innovative mixed-media performance event presents poetry like you’ve never seen it before: combining poetic recitals, cast shadows set in motion, digitally projected words, customized sound, and choreographed dance. The primary component of the Blank Page Poetry event is a large sheet of seamless white paper suspended from a height of at least 9 feet, with the performers positioned behind it and blocked from direct view. The shadow of the performer is cast upon…

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Poetry and pancakes

October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Local 616, 616 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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Free

A brunch and an open mic. Nuff said.

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Rainbow Rowed

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pure Theatre, 477 King Street
Charleston, 29403 United States
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$11

PURCHASE TICKETS Presented by Very Hypnotic Soul Band and Charleston Sticks Together. “Rainbow Rowed” highlights the juxtaposition between how Charleston is marketed on the global stage versus how it’s viewed by citizens who call the Holy City home. We will combine hip-hop beats and passionate poets to give the audience a grassroots depiction of what the cameras don’t show when they cover Charleston.

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Poets Respond to Race

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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Free

Columbia, SC poet Al Black and award-winning Sumter poet Len Lawson will read from the SC poetry anthology Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race. After the cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice became mainstream media, the founders planned to visit various cities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The purpose was to use their poetry abilities and networking among the Southern arts community to hold poetry readings and engage the audience in tough conversations about…

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Ongoing events
* Youth poetry workshop. Every Saturday, 1pm at John L. Dart Library. Call (843) 722-7550 to register. Space is limited.
* Monday Night Poetry and Music. Every Monday, 8pm at East Bay Meeting House. Email host Jim Lundy for more information.

 
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